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I was listening to a song by Kamelot; you can find the lyrics here. However, I can't understand the meaning of 'like' where it's used:

Tell me when the night is gone,

Like washed away,

Make a wish beneath the mourning star.

Does it mean to emphasize the humanity's extinction? As in, "not just gone, but like, washed away.", or does it mean something else? And, what does the morning star have to do with it?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about interpreting song lyrics. In context, it means, like, nothing much. – FumbleFingers Mar 7 '15 at 13:29
  • The night is gone, as if it were washed away (presumably by the dawn). The "morning" star is any planet visible in morning daylight. There is a tradition to make a wish on an evening star, this is a double twist on that. "mourning" because even the stars might be sad at what is happening – Brian Hitchcock Mar 7 '15 at 13:31
  • Is there a way to make it more generic? I am using this lyrics as an example for the usage. – Parham Doustdar Mar 7 '15 at 13:31
  • Thanks @Brian. Would it be possible to move your comment to an answer so that I can accept it? – Parham Doustdar Mar 7 '15 at 13:33
  • @Brian Hitchcock: Given it's song lyrics, I think the morning/mourning wordplay is a bit pointless (if indeed OP has transcribed it correctly). – FumbleFingers Mar 7 '15 at 13:33
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"Like washed away" means that the night is gone, as if it had been washed away (presumably by the dawn). A "morning star" (planet) was still visible in the early daylight. The author calls it a "mourning star". Judging by the sad tone of the other lyrics, the author might be suggesting that even the "star" was sad at what has been happening on Earth.

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